Police: Suspect Crashes Car Into Pond, Leaving Passenger Trapped Inside
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An Indiana County man was charged after police say he led them on a chase and landed his car in a pond, trapping a teen girl inside.
It started when police were called to the White Township Walmart just before 11 p.m. Friday. Walmart employees had called to report 21-year-old Kevin Vasbinder, who they say attempted to steal items from the store.
When police tried to approach Vasbinder, they say he sped off in a gold Buick with a 16-year-old girl inside.
Police then chased Vasbinder along State Route 286 and onto Indian Springs Road. After that, police say Vasbinder lost control of the car while turning onto State Route 954 and went off the road. The car went over an embankment, flipped and ultimately landed on its roof in a pond about 4 or 5 feet deep.
During the crash, Vasbinder was ejected from the car, but the teen girl was trapped inside as it filled with water. Responders and police officers were able to pull her from the car, but the extent of her injuries is unknown.
Vasbinder was treated at the Indiana County Hospital and later charged on multiple counts, including aggravated assault, accidents involving death or personal injury and recklessly endangering another person.
He is currently in the Indiana County Jail.